Newbie from Alabama. need help with chick

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  1. thehainline5

    thehainline5 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello All.

    I am fairly new to the chicken world. I have always wanted them and my husband finally said ok so I went for it. we have a coop with an additional runner added outside with 3 hens. 2 Dom's and 1 RIR. The Dom's are named Laverne and Shirley (lol I know) and the RIR is Rose. We had a Red Star. she was awesome. and My sons baby. One morning about 3 wks ago he went out to tend to them and found her dead in the coop [​IMG] Which led to me promising we would get a chick. Since we bought the hens as teenagers I wanted to experience a chick... that lead to getting two Silkies hatched June 26. The lady we got them from hatched them from an incubator. She was worried they werent true silkies and when I sent her a pic of them a week later she told me to come get two replacement chicks and I could keep the silkies. COOL! So off we went to get easter eggers. Well both my boys fell in love with an easter egger AND a sebright! oh my. Okay on to my help question. I have the silkies and the two small chicks well now just the sebright in the house. The small ones under a heat lamp. its only 50 watt red bulb. I originally got it for the silkies since they were older and didnt need much warmth. they seem to be okay with just some side warmth from it so i put it on the little ones. We have had them a week and this am the sebright was REALLY loud. So I went to check on her and the little adorable easter egger was dead! I have NO clue what happened! Now the sebright is chirping very very loudly and non stop. She stops if I hold her in my hands and cover her with them. HELP what should I do for her? Is she cold? Lonely?

    thanks Shannon


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  2. Mr MKK FARMS

    Mr MKK FARMS Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! Glad you joined us! [​IMG]
     
  3. Sorry for your loss, She's probably cold or lonely, get her more warmth. Good Luck
    Welcome to BYC glad u joined us!
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  4. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    [​IMG] The one may have died from the cold, and the other cheeping because it is cold also. Do you have a thermometer so you can see the temp. under the light at their level.? Hatched chicks usually start off at 95 degrees in their brooder and the temp is lowered about 5 degrees each week . When they are fully feathered out, they no longer need a heat source. They also need an area of the brooder where they can move away from the heat if they are too warm.

    They can also cheep a lot and die if they are overheated, so the thermometer should be a partial guide. If chicks sleep far apart they are hot, if they sleep in a tight pile, they are too cold.

    Do to the Raising Backyard chickens forum and locate the thread on raising chicks, etc.
     
  6. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Greetings from Kansas, Shannon, and [​IMG]! Great to have you aboard! Sorry to hear about your chicks. Hope you find the help you require - best wishes!
     
  7. thehainline5

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    Thats what I was worried about. I put a thermometer in there today and put her in a 20 gal aquarium. she was in a small rabbit cage with a blanket around it to keep drafts down. I feel so so bad now for not making sure the other one was taken care of. I also put a dog toy skunk butt in there for the sebright to chill on and she is loving it! Its 90 at the bottom of the cage in the corner. and a bit warmer on top of the skunk butt where she seems to like staying. Thank you for your help.
     
  8. thehainline5

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    Is 95 too hot for a week 1/2 sebright. Its 90 at the bottom of the cage but she keeps getting on top of the skunk butt to sleep and sleeps great but its 95 up there. Wondering if i should burry the skunk in the cedar chips so its ground level and 90
     
  9. liz9910

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